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Square One   Leave a comment

I lost everything. And it happened at M-OEE8 as I had envisioned. Well, not exactly as I had envisioned. There was no gate camp, just one measly frigate.

On the way to null, I had been using the tactical display to practice jumping into null and escaping the gate camp. Everything was going okay, till I actually made the jump, and found myself in orange electric haze with no sign of the tactical display!

2013.02.03.14.56.59

Best left unseen

There was only one ship around, so I took heart and tried to look around, but somehow I had totally lost my bearings. Only a few seconds may have passed, but I felt that I would de-cloak any second.

What happened subsequently, i.e. how I managed to botch everything and let a measly frigate kill me, should best be left untold. I did not even try and escape in the pod.

So I am back at Jita.

It is difficult to express how I felt for the first few days after the loss. I was quite calm, I suppose. The sense of loss was a dull ache somewhere, but I did not let it overcome me. The loss of the ship and the cargo was nothing really; it was the shattering of my dream that hurt a bit. I saw no way to try and achieve it again. No cash; no cargo. Cargo that I had spent weeks collecting.

I spent a few days mulling things over. There appeared to be no way out. And then, a chance comment I read somewhere suddenly reminded me of Black Frog Logistics, who specialize in transporting stuff to low and null. If they could move my stuff, I could get there myself, one way or another, and do what is necessary.

This idea has given me hope. I should have thought of this first, and saved myself the heartache. It costs 125 million to ship the stuff from Jita straight to a desired station in Venal. I lost about 600 or 700 million in this recent loss, and in retrospect, I would be much happier had I spent an additional 125 to safely get the stuff there.

So I’m giving myself one more chance. I need at least 500m to get my plan in action again, and making this money may take time. I intend to start small (as if I have a choice) and sit on my orders 24 hours a day.

Devious   Leave a comment

Portrait

Jita does this to you.

I’ve had a devious idea. It may not be devious by many standards, but the idea is a deliciously irresistible dream for me. A dream that I want to live. A dream that is likely to remain one, as the plan is fraught with danger. The same danger that I faced a while ago, and that which cowered me into moping around at Jita all this time. I did reasonably well, trading at Jita, but I kept thinking of the Guristas stations in venal. The margins at Jita are nowhere as good as the ones I had made in null sec.

2013.02.02.20.12.23

The jump into Tribute at M-OEE8

Thus the plan: to put all I have in the hold, and head to Venal. Again. This time though, I need to stay there for a while to reap the rewards. Am reluctant to reveal exactly what the idea is, as I know that M-OEE8 is my grave, and the death-knell for this doomed plan. It would invite certain disaster, I feel, if I harp about my brilliance prematurely. Especially when the plan is possibly unoriginal (thinking about it), and involves smuggling 420 items, representing my entire assets, through twenty jumps of null, with a bit of low thrown in for good measure. 420 Items that could earn me billions, but (half of) which are more likely to be found in a pirate’s hanger next week.

I feel thoroughly unprepared. I look at my cargo, and have that feeling that I have forgotten something vitally important. Something that will definitely not be available in Venal. I’ve bought all the skills I could, and even anticipated my needs over the next month or two. Am training an entire range of new skills that I will need in Venal, if I am to make something of this plan. At times I despair; there is no need to buy anything at all, as everything I add to the cargo is just an item on a list, in a kill report that will be generated soon.

2013.02.02.20.21.57

The path to Doom

Have fiddled with the fit of my covert ops (Helios) multiple times. Am acutely aware, probably unjustifiably, that the ship has low agility. Somehow the ship still feels sluggish, even after using all the low and rig slots for fast maneuvering. I desire a Cheetah. The Minmatar covert ops appears to be fast and agile, somewhat like their fairer sex. Too late now. With the recent change in my training priorities, I have to stick to my Helios for the foreseeable future.

Have not been able to sleep well for the last two nights, now that the departure is imminent. Keep thinking about what I’ll do when I jump into a bubble formation, with multiple ships zooming around. Have envisioned this many times, but I can still feel my heart start to beat fast every time I imagine it. At times, I envision bargaining with the pirates for half my cargo. Though I know that if I’m caught, I will be back in a station before there is chance to say hi, let alone bargain. Need to fix holes, or fill cracks, to keep my mind from wandering.